Opening of Manafort Trial Delayed Until July 31, Judge Says

24 July, 2018, 02:22 | Author: Carlos George
  • George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London which was posted to his Linked In profile. Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts

He said he would issue a ruling from the bench on the continuance as early as this afternoon when the hearing resumes after a short recess.

Manafort's lawyers argued that they need more time to prepare for the trial.

Last month, Manafort was jailed after a federal judge revoked his $10 million bail based on new witness tampering charges. It had been scheduled to begin Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia.

He's expected to be the star witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "I'm not in the theater business".

Reuters reports that the five individuals receiving immunity for testifying against Manafort are Dennis Raico, Cindy Laporta, Conor O'Brien, Donna Duggan, and James Brennan.

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The court will proceed with jury questionnaires Tuesday and begin jury selection on July 31.

The documents come from a firm that handled Manafort's bookkeeping and the electronic devices of Rick Gates, his longtime business associate.

"We're not going to get into how people voted. of course people can be fair no matter who they voted for", Ellis said.

Though the charges did not reference the Trump campaign or the 2016 election, legal experts have said they put more pressure on former Trump aides to cooperate with Mueller as he looks into whether Russian Federation tried to influence the election in favour of Trump by hacking the emails of leading Democrats and distributing disinformation and propaganda online.

Mueller's team, represented by Greg Andres at the hearing, had indicated that the only mention of the Trump campaign would be in the context of those particular loans, which Andres said would take a small part of the trial. Why didn't Manafort cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for leniency?

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